A picnic is a great way to spend time with family and friends in the fresh air. All you need is a rug to lie on and a picnic basket filled with food to munch on. There is nothing wrong with the humble picnic sandwich but check out our list of top 8 easy picnic recipes to inspire your next family day out.
1 BBQ Chorizo Potato Salad
Give your potato salad a quick but yummy update with this delicious recipe from BBC Good Food that is ideal for serving a crowd. Chorizo adds a smoky flavour that will liven up this classic picnic staple.
2 Kale and Parmesan Hummus
The vibrant green colour of this Kale and Parmesan Hummus will definitely stand out in your picnic basket! This delicious dip can be served with crisps, cut vegetables and breadsticks for an easy portable snack. You can use leftover hummus to spread in sandwiches or stir through pasta.
3 Strawberry and Coconut Flapjacks
Traybakes always go down a treat at picnics and these flapjacks are no exception. Strawberry and coconut give these flapjacks from delicious Magazine a sweet, summery twist. This recipe makes around 24 bites, so there should be plenty to go around for seconds too!
4 Spanish Tortilla
It only takes five ingredients to whip up this Spanish Tortilla but the beauty of this picnic recipe is that you can add whatever you have in the fridge. Get experimenting with chopped up sausages, grated cheese or peppers for your own personal twist.
5 Cheese and Caramelised Onion Pasty
These easy puff-pastry pasties
are made with ready-to-roll pastry, making them super quick to rustle up for your next picnic. The sweet caramelised onions and sharp cheddar make a great combination that is sure to impress all your picnic friends.
6 Antipasto Skewers
Instead of bringing packets of olives, sundried tomatoes and parma ham, why don’t you layer them up on skewers for an easy and delicious picnic treat. The Mediterranean Dish have added artichoke, parma ham and mozzarella cheese for a taste sensation. Simply leave off the meat and cheese on a few if you have some vegans to feed.
7 Lemon Drizzle Cake
A loaf cake is the perfect sweet treat to bring to a picnic and this summery Lemon Drizzle Cake from Food Network is really simple to make! Substituting a runny icing for delightful lemon syrup makes this a lot less messy to eat and transport than most cakes.
8 Pink Lemonade
This colourful Pink Lemonade will help you wash down all your picnic treats. There is something so fun about this pink twist of the favourite fizzy drink and adding a slice of lemon will make you feel very fancy! Fill a glass bottle with this lovely concoction and pack it in your basket.
Planning a picnic this summer? Take a look at our Top NI Parks for the Family for some great ideas on where to lay down your picnic rug.
Have you any easy tasty picnic recipes?
Share them with us using the hashtag #SmarterLiving on Facebook and Twitter and we might just share them!